The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Moray MP Douglas Ross, has suggested that Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon could be out of her top job in just a matter of weeks as the ongoing Alex Salmond scandal threatens to undermine her flagging premiership.
Ross, who beat former SNP Westminster boss Angus Robertson for his seat in the 2017 general election, spoke to the Telegraph about the brewing crisis at the top of the SNP, which has seen former SNP leader Salmond hit out at the leadership of the party he brought to national prominence.
“I think there is a lot to come not just this year but in the next few weeks that would really threaten her as the head of the SNP and as First Minister” said Ross. “And that’s before we even get into the election campaign.”
He’s also called on the Cabinet Office to step into the ugly row between the two well known Scottish nationalists, demanding a review into claims that top Scottish civil servants broke their code of conduct when investigating allegations against Salmond.
Salmond has claimed that there was a conspiracy against him at the top of the Scottish government, detailing his explosive arguments yesterday at a lengthy evidence session before a Scottish parliamentary committee. “Scotland hasn’t failed,” he said, “its leadership has failed.”
He said that the events surrounding the allegations against him “shine a light on a government whose actions are no longer true to the principles of openness, accountability and transparency which are the core principles upon which this Scottish parliament is founded.”
Sturgeon has long been a controversial figure across the UK, celebrated by the left-wing for her juvenile anti-Brexit politics while drawing the ire of right-wingers for pathetic moves like her recent decision to fly the hated EU flag at Scottish government buildings.
Her leadership has been hit not only by recent allegations about a conspiracy targeting Alex Salmond, but also by a Scottish vaccine roll-out that took too long to get off the ground – lagging behind England until the British Army was sent in to speed up the pace of jabs.
She was also accused of attempting to aid the EU in the struggle for vaccine doses, by threatening to publish UK supply data and give Brussels bureaucrats ammo against top jab-makers like AstraZeneca.